Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not let a heckler faze her Monday during a speaking event, telling the crowd that she is used to interruptions “as a mother of seven.”
The Washington Examiner reports the heckler briefly disrupted the event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, shouting out that Barrett is an “enslaver of women” as she spoke on stage.
The short disruption did not rattle the conservative justice. Instead, she responded jokingly, saying: “Yes, fortunately, as a mother of seven, I am used to distractions. And sometimes even outbursts.”
What the heckler meant by the comment likely had to do with Barrett’s pro-life Catholic views. The conservative justice faced a lot of scrutiny and criticism for her devotion to her faith and her opposition to abortion during her U.S. Senate confirmation hearing.
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Barrett was President Donald Trump’s third appointee to the Supreme Court. Previously, she worked as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic university, and a justice on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A mother of seven children, she also served as a law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Like Scalia, Barrett describes herself as an “originalist” judge.
For years, she publicly declared her opposition to the killing of unborn babies in abortions. In 2015, she signed an open letter that that emphasized “the value of human life from conception to natural death.” On another occasion, she signed a statement that described the killing of unborn babies in abortions as “barbaric.”
Last year, she, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joined Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in refusing a request from pro-abortion groups to temporarily block the Texas heartbeat law. As a result, thousands of unborn babies’ lives have been saved from abortions.
This summer, many hope Barrett will be part of a majority of justices who overturn Roe v. Wade through a Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. If the justices overturn or weaken Roe, states would be allowed to protect unborn babies from abortion again, at the very least, after the first trimester. Currently, the high court’s rulings force states to legalize abortions up to viability, about 22 weeks.